Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Classic Comedy, Family Dramas and Sleeping Beauty Make Up 2007-2008 Theatre Season at Texas A&M-Kingsville

KINGSVILLE - August 23, 2007

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

A schemer plots to take over a house in grand comedic style. Southern ladies faces life’s ups and downs together in the local beauty salon. A broken family struggles to regroup after Sept. 11, 2001. A fairy tale beauty is awakened from a long rest.

These are just a few of the offerings for the 2007-2008 theatre season at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

The first production, La Ofrenda, is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 3-4, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 7 at 2:30 p.m. at the Little Theatre. It tells the story of a young boy of Hispanic and Anglo heritage, who loses his parents during the 9/11 tragedy and must move in with his grandmother in Los Angeles. During the course of the play, he must come to terms with living in a Hispanic-centered culture, a grandmother he doesn’t know and the death of his parents.

Next on the schedule is something completely different – the original comedic production of Babe Ventura: A&M-Kingsville Bodacious Babe Detective. This play, about a search for women on the campus of Texas A&M-Kingsville, will serve as the season’s annual fundraising effort. Performance dates are Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27 at midnight; and Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. Babe Ventura will be performed in Jones Auditorium.

When Tartuffe was first performed in the 1600s, it caused a scandal with its main character of a conniving scoundrel who professed great religious devotion. The production has been performed countless times since and remains one of the theatre world’s comedic staples. It will be performed in the Lab Theatre, room 123 of the Drama and Art Building, Tuesday-Thursday, Nov. 13-15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2:30 p.m.

The children’s play for the season is Sleeping Beauty by Michele L. Vacca. The public will be able to see this classic story on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in Jones Auditorium. Special performances for local schools will follow Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 4-6 at 9 a.m. and for regional schools Thursday and Friday, Feb. 7-8 at 9:30 a.m.

Robert Harling’s comedy-drama Steel Magnolias comes to the stage of the Little Theatre Wednesday and Thursday, February 27-28 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 2 at 2:30 p.m. This long-successful story centers on the friendships among six Louisiana women and the many ups and downs they face together.

Somewhere in Between tells of a man learning to love and live a more full life in New York City. This good natured comedy by Craig Pospisil will be presented in the Lab Theatre Monday-Wednesday, March 10-12 at 7:30 p.m.

The last play of the season is Big Love by Charles Mee. Gender issues and challenges of modern society are addressed in this unusual, comedic reworking of the Greek tragedy The Suppliant Maidens, centering on 50 sisters who flee their arranged marriages. Big Love runs Tuesday-Thursday, April 22-24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre.

Admission is $3 for all but two of the productions. Fundraiser Babe Ventura: A&M-Kingsville Bodacious Babe Detective is $5, and Sleeping Beauty is $1.

For more information on the 2007-2008 theatre season, call 361-593-3401.

For those interested in auditioning for these productions, call 361-593-3417.

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